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Karen Gaffney

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106. "A Life Meant to be Lived," w/Karen Gaffney (Self-Advocate & Open-Water Swimmer)

The Lucky Few

She’s the first person with Down syndrome to swim across the English Channel, she’s spoken to crowds across the nation, she’s started a non-profit foundation, she’s earned an honorary doctorate degree, she’s been a hard working employee for several years and she hasn’t let this pandemic stop her. She’s Karen Gaffney. And today she’s telling us all about her motto: “Down syndrome is a life meant to be lived.” From open water swims nearly 9 miles long (sometimes with no wetsuit!), to academic and employment success, and all the public speaking engagements in between, Karen is shifting the narrative in big ways. We are SO thankful she’s here with us to chat about a lifetime of self-advocacy, her non-profit foundation, and all the daily routines (including 2 mile swims before work) that keep her going! Plus, Karen’s mom jumps on the interview to share her perspective as Karen’s mother. You don’t want to miss this one, friends! ___ SHOW NOTES Check out the Karen Gaffney Foundation website and Facebook page! Watch Karen’s TedX Talk: I have one more chromosome than you. So what? LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! CHECK OUT HEATHER’S NEW BOOK Preorder “Different, A Great Thing To Be” by Heather Avis --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support

45mins

16 Mar 2021

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Karen Gaffney: We Need Medical Research that Improves Our Lives

Brain Channel (Video)

Karen Gaffney, advocate and disability champion, discusses her life with Down syndrome. She also talks about the impact that pre natal testing is having on the Down syndrome community and advocates for medical research to focus on the immediate needs such as Alzheimer's disease prevention. Series: "Brain Channel" [Health and Medicine] [Science] [Show ID: 33602]

17mins

13 Apr 2018

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Karen Gaffney: We Need Medical Research that Improves Our Lives

Brain Channel (Audio)

Karen Gaffney, advocate and disability champion, discusses her life with Down syndrome. She also talks about the impact that pre natal testing is having on the Down syndrome community and advocates for medical research to focus on the immediate needs such as Alzheimer's disease prevention. Series: "Brain Channel" [Health and Medicine] [Science] [Show ID: 33602]

17mins

13 Apr 2018